Saturday, June 02, 2012
Real Life T(w)een Reluctant Reader
Nick is one of those kids. I know him from my real life, not my school life. I am not his teacher or librarian...simply a neighbor in the summertime. I've pushed a few books his way over the years...books that I thought he might enjoy, based on what I know about him. No dice. Nick is a kid who doesn't like to read. He was nice enough to answer some of my questions about his reading habits.
Do you consider yourself a reader?
I don't consider myself a reader.
When was the last time you read a book for fun (not for school)?
The last time I read a book for fun, was the fifth grade.
What was that book?
It was the Harry Potter series.
What do you like to do besides reading?
I like to practice my instrument or watch TV.
If you have to read something for school, how do you get through it? Do you read the whole thing?
If I have to read something for school, I read the whole thing only because I have to and I don't want to fail the essay on the book.
Do other people in your family like to read?
The only person in my family who likes to read is my mom.
Why do you think reading is not your thing?
I think reading is not my thing because I have a hard time getting into the book, and I think it's easier to just watch the movie.
Maybe someday I will find something for Nick to read. Maybe someday he will find the perfect book without my help. Maybe he will never turn into a reader of books. The question that I have to ask myself as an adult and a reader and a librarian, is how far to go with the suggestions. Not all kids like to read, and maybe that's just going to have to be okay.